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The German Astronomer Who Found Neptune

By: On a September night in 1846, a Berlin astronomer was the first person to directly observe Neptune – but he wasn’t about to get full credit for the find. The Local spoke to Susanne Hoffmann from Berlin Planetarium to find out what made the discovery of Neptune so extraordinary. On the night of […]

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The Good of Metaphysics

By: Metaphysics, despite what booksellers may offer in the way of do-it-yourself witchcraft manuals and stories of UFOs, is much different than any popular misconception of its meaning. For Aristotle, the starting point of Wisdom, or philosophy, was metaphysics. Modernity has more or less rejected metaphysics in its quest for self-destruction. But metaphysics will […]

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Fossil Pigment Reveals Color of Ancient Mammals

By: Scientists from the University of Bristol and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute have just determined the original color of an extinct mammal, specifically two species of prehistoric bats that lived along a lake in the middle of a tropical forest that once existed in Germany. By studying microscopic structures in the 49 million year […]

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A New Map Traces the Limits of Computation

By: At first glance, the big news coming out of this summer’s conference on the theory of computing appeared to be something of a letdown. For more than 40 years, researchers had been trying to find a better way to compare two arbitrary strings of characters, such as the long strings of chemical letters […]

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Light-Based Memory Chip Is First to Permanently Store Data

By: Today’s electronic computer chips work at blazing speeds. But an alternate version that stores, manipulates, and moves data with photons of light instead of electrons would make today’s chips look like proverbial horses and buggies. Now, one team of researchers reports that it has created the first permanent optical memory on a chip, […]

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Altered States of Reading (Part 2): Pynchon and the Psi Reflex

By: Thomas Pynchon’s sprawling unfinished 1972 novel Gravity’s Rainbow centers on an American army lieutenant, Tyrone Slothrop, whose amorous conquests around WWII London infallibly predict German V2 rocket strikes in an otherwise random distribution throughout the city. Slothrop’s weird ability puts him under the scrutiny of “Psi Section”—a division of military intelligence—who link his […]

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Can Genetic Engineering Bring Back Extinct Animals?

By: Will it one day be possible to bring a woolly mammoth or a Neanderthal back to life? If so, should we? How is climate change affecting the evolution and extinction of species? These are some of the questions explored in science writer Maura O’Connor’s new book, Resurrection Science: Conservation, De-Extinction And The Precarious […]

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Bacteria circadian clock protein molecule. Computer model showing the molecular structure of the KaiC protein found in cyanobacteria (blue-green algae). KaiC is a protein expressed by the kaiC gene and is one of three such proteins that are essential for circadian rhythms in these bacteria. Circadian rhythms are biological 'clocks' with a period close to 24 hours in duration that help regulate sleeping and feeding patterns in animals. In bacteria, they are thought to help regulate cell division.

How the Body’s Trillions of Clocks Keep Time

By: Carrie Partch was at the tail end of her postdoc when she made the first discovery. The structural biologist was looking at a database of human proteins, noting those that shared a piece with the ones she’d been studying. “I was just sort of flipping through it thinking, ‘I should know all of […]

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We Are About to Start Mining Hydrothermal Vents on the Ocean Floor

By: Forty years ago, scientists found alien life. Not on another planet, but on Earth, in the deep sea, in places where plumes of steam and nutrients heated by volcanic activity fed entire ecologies of creatures adapted to harness chemical energy rather than energy from the sun. The discovery redefined life’s biophysical possibilities, and […]

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Is It the End of the Road for the American Science Fair?

By: When Intel dropped its sponsorship of the International Science and Engineering Fair on September 9, 2015, it turned its back on an incredibly American and rather peculiar form of teaching: the science fair. Though it may evoke memories of gawky geeks making baking soda volcanoes, the science fair is an avenue for some […]

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The Trouble with Scientists

By: Sometimes it seems surprising that science functions at all. In 2005, medical science was shaken by a paper with the provocative title “Why most published research findings are false.”1 Written by John Ioannidis, a professor of medicine at Stanford University, it didn’t actually show that any particular result was wrong. Instead, it showed […]

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Americans Largely Failed This Simple Science Quiz

By: Congratulations, America. It turns out that almost three-quarters of you know the difference between astronomy—the study of space and all its awesomeness (yes, that’s a technical term)—and astrology, the pseudoscience of horoscopes. That’s according to a study published today by the Pew Research Center. But don’t start celebrating just yet; as it turns […]

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Can You Solve Einstein’s Riddle?

By: [youtube] The following riddle is claimed to have been written by Einstein as a boy. It’s also sometimes attributed to Lewis Carrol, although there’s no evidence that either of them actually wrote it. Either way, it’s fiendishly clever and is popularly called “Einstein’s riddle”. It’s rumored that only 2% of the world […]

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Nanotechnology Extends Our Lives

By: It has been speculated since long by futurists that nanotechnology will revolutionize virtually every field of our lives, medicine making no exception. Nanotechnology focuses on the engineering of materials and devices at a nanoscale, by using building blocks of atoms and molecules. Medical nanotechnology may be able to extend our lives in two […]

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Ants Are as Effective as Pesticides

By: A new scientific review from Aarhus University shows that when farmers use ants as pest controllers, it is just as effective as using chemicals. In addition, the method is sustainable – and far cheaper. As the global population rises and finite resources dwindle, farmers need new, more sustainable ways to control pests. Ecologists […]

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Quantum Mechanics Just Got “Spookier”

By: An international collaboration and a newly published paper may have just settled a century old physics debate. Quantum mechanics is spooky. Entanglement – a component of quantum mechanics – tells us that two particles can be directly connected even across vast distances. If you measure the spin of one particle, you immediately know […]

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